Incorporating the rich architectural elements of historic downtown Summerville, SC was
a key factor for the design team on the new Ashley Ridge High School. Sized for 1,500
students, the core accommodates up to 1,800 for this rapidly growing district. The
educational spaces employ the latest technology and special features to encourage
exploration of interest and interaction between students and educators. Digital
projection equipment and cameras, smart boards and wireless technology are standard
throughout the building. The cafeteria includes an exterior dining and lounging
terrace, and the building incorporates daylighting and exterior views throughout.
Special interest areas are well-defined programmed spaces, including the athletic
wing with gymnasium, locker and training rooms. A fine arts wing includes band and
separate practice rooms to support drama, choral and dance along with 2D and 3D art
with a kiln and dark room. Computer, science and home economic laboratories with
cooking stations support the academic curriculum.
Also designed on the 85-acre site is an easily accessed athletic facility with a 5,000-seat stadium and separate venues for track and field, tennis, softball, baseball and practice fields for sports and the marching band.